What types of insurance do you take?
I currently accept Highmark, Capital Blue (Blue Cross Blue Shield Network), Cigna and Medicare. If you have another insurance, since I am a licensed psychologist, you would likely be able to submit a claim to your insurance for reimbursement of your expenses from an out-of-network service. Many people feel that obtaining quality, effective treatment is worth the cost, rather then limiting yourself to an in-network provider. For example, completing 10 sessions of prolonged exposure therapy with me for PTSD will likely result long-term remission of symptoms, versus participating in “treatment as usual” for months or years, without ever fully recovering.
What are your rates?
A typical session lasts 53-60 minutes and costs $140. An initial evaluation session typically lasts 60 minutes in length and costs $175. In addition to weekly appointments, I charge $100 per hour for other professional services you may need, though I will break down the hourly cost if I work for periods of less than one hour. Other services include report writing, preparation of records or treatment summaries, and the time spent performing any other service you may request of me. If you become involved in legal proceedings that require my participation, you will be expected to pay for my professional time.
How often and how long are meetings?
Sessions typically run for 53-60 minutes and occur either once or twice per week, based on treatment needs. Some sessions may be longer or shorter, or may be scheduled more frequently depending on specific treatment goals and strategies. The first 1-3 sessions will typically consist of an evaluation. During this time, we can both decide how to best meet your treatment goals. Services are by appointment only. It is strongly recommended that you schedule out your next 3-4 weeks of sessions, as available time slots typically fill up quickly.
What is the cancellation policy?
Once an appointment hour is scheduled, you will be expected to pay for it unless you provide 24 hours advance notice of cancellation. Cancellation or nonattendance with less than 24 hours notice will result in a $50 late cancellation fee being charged to your account. You will be required to keep a credit card on file for this purpose. Although unexpected life events may make cancelling a session unavoidable, reimbursement for the time that has been reserved for you is expected. If you miss a session, scheduling a make-up session within the week is vital to your progress, and I will do my utmost to fit you into my schedule.